New MCS Attendance Procedures

New MCS Attendance Procedures, Additional Bus Safety Measures Implemented
Posted on 04/30/2018

MCS BusEarlier this month, a substitute bus driver failed to do a mandatory check of his bus before leaving. As a result, a Mason Early Childhood Center student who had been asleep in the bus was left unattended. This was an error and a mistake. We immediately offered counseling and support to the student, apologized to the family, and informed Child Protective Services and the Mason Police Department.

We deeply regret that this mistake occurred, and we’re taking additional steps to help ensure it does not happen again.

First, the bus driver was terminated from district employment. Our primary responsibility is the safety of all our students and this person fell short, which is why we held him accountable.

Second, we are implementing an improved procedure to notify parents when a student is not in school.

Beginning Monday, April 23 we will call all families whose children are absent -- whether excused or unexcused -- within two hours of the start of the school day. Before the end of the school day, we will place a second call to all families who have not provided a reason for their child’s absence.

Third, we have instituted additional safety steps in our transportation department. Bus drivers must now complete a safety check for students at the school drop off in addition to the end of their route at the bus garage. Additionally, one of the bus garage team members (not the bus driver) must walk through the bus lot double checking each bus to make sure that all buses have been cleared.

We will continue to evaluate additional ways we can prevent an incident like this from happening in the future.

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